With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence
in one's ability, one can build a better world.
The following message came from our daughter after returning from the awards celebration at the school our grandson attends, Christian Brothers School, St Anthony Campus.
“I'm so proud of my boy. Jack has worked very hard this year and he received the Brother Amedy Award today. This award is given to one boy in each homeroom that exhibits outstanding scholarship, effort, and character both in and out of the classroom. He also ended the school year being on the “A” honor roll.”
Of course, as grandparents we are proud of his achievements but the story behind the scene is what makes this an amazing lesson for all of us.
While Jack was in a previous school the “A” students were awarded in class with snacks for their achievements. It broke my heart when I picked Jack up from school and he said he wasn’t one of the brighter kids because he did not receive a snack.
The atmosphere and the leadership of his current school focuses on emphasizing the positive, motivating and appreciating their staff and the students. Each student is made to feel they have unlimited potential. Jack could be a poster child that this philosophy works.
I was not a high academic achiever in school but because of the support and encouragement I received from my family I never once thought I could not achieve anything I wanted in life.
We all have the potential to change the lives of people we encounter daily. It is through this one-on-one influence that we can help change the world. So much of our time is spent discussing what is not working in government, schools and our communities. We sometimes lose hope that we can create a positive change in the world. We can!
It’s the simple things that can make a big difference. Last week I told the cashier at the grocery that I chose her checkout line because I noticed how fast she was. She smiled and replied, “I try hard to get my customers out as quickly as possible.” Whenever I experience outstanding service I call the company and speak to the manager so that their employee is recognized as an asset in their success.
We have the opportunity every day to bring out the best in our family, employees, and friends by “catching them doing something right.” This affirmative action can create a positive rippling effect on how they bring out the best in others.